Saturday, November 10, 2012

MOVIE REVIEW: HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA


For avid cartoon enthusiasts, you may find Hotel Transylvania all too familiar. Its director after all is Genndy Tartakovsky who is behind such cartoon hits like Samurai Jack and Dexter's Laboratory. Halloween with mixture of love story and comedy sure was one selling point of the film. The combination of these elements were somehow done well to come up with an enjoyable movie experience. And although Sony is still way off the competition with Pixar, Disney and Dreamworks, it showed promise as Hotel Transylvania actually lived to expectations. With a stellar voicing cast that includes Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg and CeeLo Green, it was one that surely tickles interest.


The film lets us in the lives of Dracula and his wonderful hotel, Transylvania which he solely created for monsters and for the protection of his loving daughter from humans. On his daughter Mavis' 118th birthday, a huge gathering of friends was held that includes Frankenstein, The Mummy, the Werewolves and a whole bunch of monsters. It was planned to be a very good day of celebration not until a surprise visitor drops by the hotel - a human. Meet Jonathan, a free willy guy who then becomes the object of interest of Mavis and the object of headache of Dracula. And the rollercoaster begins. With Dracula's intent to protect his daughter from Jonathan, secrets were revealed and emotional bonds were built.


What makes Hotel Transylvania likeable is the fact that it shows real human emotions of fear, happiness, sadness and love. It takes us to a place where we see that trust is vital for us to let our loved ones really explore the world and see the reality by themselves. The movie does that in a very subtle way by injecting comic relief but overall the message was sent across. Sometimes the things we fear the most are the ones that we should not. Brave the reality and then true happiness might be in store. 4 out of 5 popcorns.

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